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Halwill is a small village about 10 miles SE of Holsworthy in Devon and about 6 miles from Black Torrington. It is in a rural area not far from Dartmoor. The Parish Church of St Peter and St James dates from the 14th Century. However, all but the tower was rebuilt in 1876-9.

Kellaways of Halwill Information

The first Kellaway event in Halwill was the arrival of Abraham and his wife Mary from Highampton. Their second daughter was baptised, 1720, in Halwill where Abraham is described as “of North Lew” in the Parish Register. A John Kellaway of North Lew was buried there in 1739.

The next arrival was Charles Callaway and wife Patience Smith from St Giles-in-the-Wood where they were married 1711 and four children were baptised. No baptism for a Charles has been found but it is likely they are the parents of Charles born about 1712 who married Catherine Coham in 1734.

In a later generation William Kellaway moved to Bodmin and married Ann Biddick. Their offspring produced two Actors who were often claimed to be cousins of the famous actor Cecil Kellaway. This was apparently not the case.

A brother of William named John married Mary May and moved to Lifton. This line is related to the Matthew of Black Torrington Line by DNA match. If the families are compared it can be seen that the link is before our records begin. However, this link is a big clue when we are trying to construct an earlier tree.

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